Following a family pattern, Johannes grew up at his father's smithy learning the blacksmith's trade that would ensure his place in Albany society for years to come.
By the time of his marriage, he had joined a number of kin working as Albany blacksmiths. John's family seems to have shared a home with his parents where John succeeded his father at the forge and also as a firemaster in the city's third ward. By the time of his father's death in 1754, he had acquired additional property - a stables in the first ward and a farm across the river in Rensselaerswyck.
Fifty-nine-year-old John Yates made his will in December 1775. At that time, he identified himself as the proprietor of a Greenbush farm and its two-acre orchard and as the owner of another farm in the manor as well. He was able to provide for his wife and to enrich the lives of his six living children. He died early in 1776. His son, Christopher J. Yates, inherited his father's blacksmith's tools.
first posted: 12/24/01; last revised 3/20/03